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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 11, 2006 1:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why is it that you love Jerry so much?

To my ears, it's that no one ever SOUNDED like him.

You can hear many bands that have a "hard-rockin'" lead guitarist (pick any metal band) or leads that have that Steve Vai-type of wailing progression (high, higher, and highest in the solo; and yes, I'm including Trey Anastasio in this category, all you Phish-heads)...

But Jerry could play such a wide variety of guitar styles b/c of his varied background in music stemming from bluegrass and folk; he was proficient jamming in psychedelia, blues, jazz, hard rock, country, ballads...and always you knew it was him intsantly b/c of that unique sweetness, a ringing kind of flowing fluctuation of sound, up, down, sideways, backward, all over the map--notes within notes, i like to say.... that essence of jerry always came through. I could find this in no other guitar player i've ever listened to...that sense of freedom and resistance to structure within a song...I guess his guitar just stood out to me from the very moment I heard it.

sure, there were technically speaking, many guitar players who were "better" than Jerry: Hendrix, Paige, Clapton, Beck, Santana, Stevie Ray come to mind...but no one sounded like Jerry.

You add to that the big Teddy bear persona, and the complete lack of pretension in his appearance and performance...mixed with some of the most intense jams seemingly driven by the frenzy of his appreciative fans...well, it's easy to see why he inspires so many to this day.

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Sep 11, 2006 11:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why is it that you love Jerry so much?

Well said!